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The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question, visit our website at jeffersonhour.com

The Thomas Jefferson Hour The Thomas Jefferson Hour

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    • 4.6 • 858 Ratings

The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question, visit our website at jeffersonhour.com

    Inn at Meander

    Inn at Meander

    In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are joined by three favorite friends of the Jefferson Hour this week: Beau Wright, Pat Brodowski and Brad Crisler.

    • 56 min
    James Madison with Jay Cost

    James Madison with Jay Cost

    Jay Cost, author of the new book James Madison: America's First Politician joins, Clay Jenkinson this week to discuss the book and share insights on the politics of Madison and Jefferson's time.

    • 56 min
    Locked Down

    Locked Down

    We speak with President Jefferson about how the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of our Constitution. Jefferson also answers questions from listeners about how money and credit worked during his time, and what the pursuit of happiness meant to him. Later in the show we hear from Lindsay Chervinsky and former ND Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

    • 55 min
    Triumph and Tragedy with Joseph Ellis

    Triumph and Tragedy with Joseph Ellis

    Professor Joseph Ellis joins us this week for further discussion about his new book, The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents.

    • 56 min
    Majority Rule with Lindsay Chervinsky

    Majority Rule with Lindsay Chervinsky

    We welcome back Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky to discuss her recent post "How Did the Senate End Up With Supermajority Gridlock?" She and Clay talk about the filibuster and congressional gridlock which they both feel is the product of decades of legislative machinations and not what the Constitution, nor the framers, intended.

    • 55 min
    Tread on Me

    Tread on Me

    President Jefferson answers questions submitted by listeners on a wide range of topics including Monticello, West Point and the military, the three fifths clause, separation of church and state, and James Monroe.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
858 Ratings

858 Ratings

el paso miss ,

Insightful and thought provoking

I have been listening to The Thomas Jefferson Hour for more than 10 years. I always come away more informed and enlightened not only about Jefferson, but the genesis of our nation. As fascinating as the historical revelations are about Jefferson and our founding fathers, are the conversations involving historian Joseph Ellis, as they discuss current events through the lens of the past. You may not always agree with Clay Jenkinson’s points of view, but if you are truly open minded, his intelligent and thoughtful discussions are so worthwhile. At the end of the day, Clay Jenkinson is truly one who loves this country.

Nickname1792804 ,

Thoughtful, fascinating, principled

If you’re looking for a podcast that brings critical analysis to your life, you’ve found it. While this podcast is usually set to the context of early American presidential history, anyone looking for a break from mindless media can rest assured that they will be routinely delighted by thoughtful dialog from the Thomas Jefferson Hour.

One warning: if you find yourself imprisoned by one political ideology, you will not like this show. Clay Jenkinson and company do not “toe the party line” for either side. You might look elsewhere if you’re looking for an echo chamber for your beliefs.

Monticello0413 ,

A left limp

I enjoy Jenkins and Ellis as they discuss Thomas Jefferson and historical context. However, Jenkins tends to lean heavily to the left with his views on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannitty, Donald Trump, covid-19, and probably gun rights (reading between the lines of his comments). It’s an interesting show with an opposing view of what Jeffersonian America means to me that I listen to depending on the show topic.

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